The bench of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) in the Chamber of Deputies requested the resignation of Jorge Alcocer and Hugo López-Gatell, secretary and undersecretary of Health, respectively, in order to rethink the strategy to face the coronavirus health emergency.
In addition to this, leaders of the National Action Party (PAN) and Citizen Movement (MC) they joined the petition for López-Gatell to leave his post, noting that the mechanisms implemented to contain the epidemic have been insufficient.
Through a press release, the coordinator of the PRD parliamentary group, Veronica Juárez Piña, pointed out as a wrong action to disregard the recommendations made by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the testing to establish a strategy to respond to the pandemic.
“Whether the President of the Republic and the health authorities accept it or not, the pandemic is out of control and in the coming weeks it could be further complicated by confinement break. It was a serious mistake to disregard the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) that from the beginning warned that it was Testing is necessary to establish an effective containment strategy against the pandemic“He pointed out.
He added that opting for the Sentinel model caused the authorities not to have the capacity to prepare the public health systemBecause there was never “a clear idea of the progress of the pandemic or the number of infections.” In addition, he noted that the undersecretary estimates of death from the disease have been increasing dramatically, an issue that until today shows no downward trends.
In this sense, the legislator considered that “the team led by Alcocer and López Gatell proposed a failed strategy by subordinating health actions to the political criteria of the President. Now, unfortunately, those who are paying the consequences are the Mexicans. “
He failed the action of blaming the state governments, because “from the beginning the Federal Government refused to establish a coordinated strategy with the governors, and to increase the resources for health to the entities, with the aim of facing the pandemic together, ”he indicated.
“Dr Gatell forecast 6,000 deaths first, then 15,000 and then 35,000 that we are about to reach and there is no evidence that the curve will give way, much less in the coming weeks that there will be a sharp increase in infections due to the opening of activities” Juárez Piña warned.
For his part, the national secretary general of the PRD, Ángel Ávila, accused that both President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Hugo López-Gatell are primarily responsible for the failure to face the pandemic. On her Twitter account, she wrote:
Their arrogance has impeded a coordination effort with the states and the municipalities. It is time for Gatell to step aside and step down. It is time for a Council of academics and health experts who could be appointed by the Chamber of Senators, to take charge of facing the crisis with professional strategies, without political bias and without makeup figures. Gatell is unsustainable.
Likewise, Clemente Castañeda, national coordinator of Movimiento Ciudadano (MC) and Senator from Jalisco, demanded that López Obrador assess the presence of the undersecretary Hugo López-Gatell in the group that directs the strategy to mitigate the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
“The president of the Republic you have to assess the role this official is playing and correct the course, because what is at stake are the lives of millions of Mexicans. But his mistakes deserve more than a simple resignation, because his strategy has been to lie, minimize the problem and hide information, plunging the country into a deep crisis, “emphasized Castañeda.
I consider that Mexico needs certainty at all levels of government to move orderly to lack of confidence; However, he noted as worrying that López-Gatell has chosen to blame other political actors for their mistakes.
“I very much regret that the person responsible for the national strategy against the coronavirus is politicking at the most complex and delicate moment of the pandemic. On that depend lives and the future of our economy. We know it exceeded, we know it a politician who goes out every day to justify his mistakes and now looks for who to blame in the other orders of the Government, ”he said.
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